Actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth‘s upcoming film ‘Kaala‘ is one of the much-awaited films of this year. On Monday, the makers dropped the trailer of Kaala and as expected, it instantly went viral. While fans across the country wait with baited breath for the film’s release on June 7, the latest development suggests that Rajinikanth’s upcoming gangster movie ‘Kaala’ may not hit theatres in Karnataka, following Rajinikanth’s views on the Cauvery water issue.

According to a report in The Hindu, distributors and exhibitors in Karnataka have unanimously decided not to release the film in the State in protest against his stand on the Cauvery issue. Reportedly, Rajinikanth had asked the new government in Karnataka to release Tamil Nadu’s share of Cauvery river water to the state as mandated by the Supreme Court verdict. The superstar was invited by the Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy to discuss the conditions of reservoirs, where water is not sufficient.

In a recent statement, Sa Ra Govindu, President of Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC), said, “Several pro-Kannadiga groups have sent letters to the chamber seeking a ban on ‘Kaala’ in Karnataka,” further adding, “Rajinikanth’s statement on Cauvery has reportedly hurt the sentiments of Kannadigas.” However, Karnataka distributor of ‘Kaala’ is holding talks with KFCC regarding the release and an official statement can be expected on Thursday. ALSO READ: Kaala Karikalan Trailer Out: Rajinikanth As The Don Of Dharavi And The Messiah Of The Oppressed Will Leave You Impressed

Check out the trailer here, if you haven’t watched it yet.

Helmed by Pa Ranjith and bankrolled by Rajnikanth’s son-in-law, Dhanush, Rajinikanth-starrer Kaala is slated to release on June 7. On the professional front, Rajinikanth will be next seen in 2.0, which is helmed by Shankar, starring Amy Jackson and Akshay Kumar in pivotal roles. Bankrolled by Subaskaran Allirajah, founder of Lyca Productions, the film is one of the most-anticipated films of 2018. Shankar’s 2.0 is slated to release in April, next year. Watch this space for further updates.